Bet On Your Strengths
If you drew a curved line of the ups and downs of my life, during one of the lowest points on the curved line you would find me living in the basement of my pastor and his family.
I turned 25 in that basement, still struggling to figure life out, and wondering what the heck I was meant to do. On my birthday, my pastors wife, Carrie (a super sweet friend) handed me a copy of StrengthsFinder.
Prior to reading StrengthsFinder, I had no clear idea of what I was good at. I felt like I was good at something; but I couldn't put any drive behind it because my skills seemed so ambiguous and undefinable.
StrengthsFinder revealed my top 5 strengths, which were: Woo (Winning Others Over), Ideation, Individualization, Strategy and Connectedness. For the first time in my life, I felt like I had something tangible to build on.
Maybe the biggest benefit of reading this book was how it encouraged me to stop feeling insecure about the areas that I'm not strong in. Now I can feel confident to say yes to some opportunities and no to others; without wondering if I made the right decision.
This book helped me understand that I love getting people to like me and usually I can do it well, I thrive on big idea conversations, I value people as individuals and always am looking to find the connections in life.
I'm encouraged when I hear that others have read this book and if they haven't, I emphatically recommend it.
Hope this is helpful to you on your journey!
Pastor Troy and I... Back then.